SF Giants recall hot-hitting third baseman from Triple-A

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The SF Giants had a familiar face back in Friday night's lineup against the Chicago Cobs. Third baseman Jason Vosler was recalled to replace Joc Pederson, who was placed on the concussion list.

SF Giants recall hot-hitting third baseman from Triple-A

Pederson sustained the injury after crashing into the wall in last night's 4-2 victory against the Cubs. He will remain on the injured list for a minimum of seven days, but injuries of that nature can be unpredictable.

It is unfortunate news, and hopefully, he is healthy enough to return soon. The 30-year-old outfielder is having a nice season, slashing .242/.319/.492 (OPS+) with 17 home runs, 43 RBI, and 36 runs in 285 plate appearances. This includes a 9.1 percent walk rate against a 22.1 percent strikeout rate.

Pederson earned his second National League All-Star nod earlier this month on the heels of signing a one-year, $6 million pact just before the season began.

Jason Vosler will take Pederson's place on the active roster. The left-handed bat has had an unusual season in that he has performed better in the majors than he has in Triple-A. Prior to tonight's game, the left-handed bat had slashed .268/.344/.518 (139 OPS+) with four home runs, eight RBI, and nine runs in 64 plate appearances with San Francisco.

Vosler has had a knack for extra-base hits as he added two more doubles against the Cubs on Friday. He has a total of 17 hits on the year with eight of them going for extra bases. If you are going to stick in the majors as a position player, you either need to get on base at a good rate or hit for power and Vosler has displayed the latter.

The 28-year-old infielder has registered a ,227/.304/.431 line with 12 home runs, 31 RBI, and 32 runs in 242 plate appearances with the Sacramento River Cats. He has been much better lately as he has posted an .850 OPS in 84 plate appearances in the month of July.

Vosler has struggled quite a bit with the glove. Third base is his primary position but he has appeared as second base and first base in 2022. At the hot corner, he has been worth -6 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and -1 Outs Above Average (OAA).

It is going to be hard for him to stick at third base with numbers like those, but it is in a relatively small sample. Vosler may not be up for long, but he should see plenty of playing time against right-handed pitching in Pederson's absence.